Posted by: tgonzales | November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours.

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I’m so excited to see my little Megan.

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We are going to miss our Joshua. But we will for sure get some face time in with him. I am having my sister and brother-in-law; Jackie and Mark, nephew Jarred, Jennifer, Megan, and a dear friend Sheila join us this year. I’m looking forward to having them all here with us this year. I hope everyone has a day filled with food, fun, and family. I love you all!

Posted by: tgonzales | November 18, 2016

This Man of Mine is Something Else

My consolation prize was three private photos taken by the ships photographer. This was the one we chose of both of us. There were 27 others that were just as good. I can't wait to make copies of these to give out.

This man of mine is something else. I got up this morning at my normal time of 3:15 am and when I opened the frig I found…….

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tuna salad. He makes the best tuna salad that I have ever ate. He chops celery, onion, garlic, and sweet pickles so tiny you can hardly see them. No wonder he makes me smile. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. Mine will consist of a little crochet and cleaning. And in that order. LOL I would love to hear what your plans are.

Posted by: tgonzales | November 17, 2016

Sorry for the Confusion Yesterday

I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for the confusing post yesterday. I don’t think that some of you realized that the majority of the post was from a post from November 16, 2011 (5 years ago). So I thought I would let you all know there are only two things from that post that have changed about me.

  • My hair is not brown and long and
  • My glasses are not the same.

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I decided about 3 years ago to let my hair go gray and I wanted it very short. I always had lots of thick long hair and I have had lots of different hair styles in my lifetime, but now that I have gone gray and short I don’t plan on going back to long hair or dying it either. That’s just my decision and I love the ease of it. I also decided to start wearing funky glasses. I think they fit my personality better. (I just love my sister and loved this photo of us taken at my nieces baby shower.)

On the other hand all of the seven things about my crochet addiction are still the same on this day in November 2016. Just saying!

Anyway, I received this little saying in an email today and thought it was perfect for today:

Life is Short, Break the Rules Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly LOVE Truly Laugh Uncontrollably and NEVER Regret Anything that makes you Smile 🙂!!!

And thanks to all who stop by to read my ramblings, it makes my heart happy and makes me Smile! So go out there and do all of these things but most of all Smile!!!!!

 

Posted by: tgonzales | November 16, 2016

Crochet Addiction or Hobby? That’s My Question to You

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My friend Susie and I were talking the other day about how she obsesses over having a crochet project with her at all times. She said, “Tamara I think I’m addicted to crochet.” We talked a little more about it and then we laughed, but when she left I started asking myself these questions:

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  1. What’s the first thing that you think of when you wake up in the morning? Do you think about the crochet project that you left undone the night before? I would have to say yes, I do.
  2. What’s the first thing you think about grabbing as you are leaving the house? Is it several projects and all your hooks? I would have to say yes, I do. (I’m always afraid that if I don’t take several projects, I’ll finish one and then I will have extra time that I will have idol hands.)
  3. Do you crochet on a project until the last minute before rushing out the door to go to work? I would have to say yes I do.
  4. Do you rush through your lunchtime meal in order to have the most amount of your hour left to crochet on that exciting project that you started the night before, and crochet up until the last few seconds of your lunch hour and sometimes you’re almost or have been late to allow the person at the front desk to take their lunch break? I would have to say yes, I’m guilty.
  5. Do you seek out small or large groups of people that like to crochet so that you can be inspired by them and just talk about crochet? I would have to say yes I do.
  6. Do you spend hours upon hours on the computer seeking out inspiration for your next crochet project and then can’t remember half the websites you have visited? I would have to say yes I do.
  7. You get all antsy and grouchy if you haven’t crocheted all day. I am so guilty on this one and I would say yes I do.

I know there are more than 7 instances of me being addicted to my crochet hobby; but I can’t remember all of them all at once, so let’s not go there.

Ok, here’s what my hobby (addiction) has produced in the last two days:

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two cute earflap hats,

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One KU Jayhawks earflap hat, two washcloths (sorry, no picture of the washcloths because I needed to continue to crochet)

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I did stop crocheting long enough to create this cool order form and worked 2-8 hour shifts at my real job. I had to create the new order form for the crocheted hats because…….

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I got orders for 11 more yesterday. I’m still not sure whether this crochet thing is an addiction or hobby but all I know is that I have to crochet. Which one do you think it is? This was taken from an original post that was written on November 16, 2011.

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No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to kick this crochet addiction even on this November 16, 2016. How about you? What is your craft addiction?

 

Posted by: tgonzales | October 17, 2016

Five Years Ago Today; October 17, 2011

On this day a five years ago I received the phone call that I never wanted to hear. Although we had expected it any day since my Daddy’s heart was so weak after he had suffered a heart attack and a stroke on April 15, 2000, relearned how to walk, drive, dress himself, survived 7 bypass surgery, bouts of congestive heart failure, and a pacemaker put in; it didn’t make it any easier when Jackie called me to break the news that our Daddy had passed away. I think it was harder because we had lost our brother not even a year before?

After I got the news and as I was driving to be with my Mom, sister, and brothers; I started thinking about all the things that we had done throughout the summer. I remembered Jackie and I had taken my Mom and Daddy to Greensburg to see the town that had been almost completely destroyed by a tornado.

Or the time that I took them to Joshua’s plays,

or the time that we took them to Illinois for my Daddys’ last visit there not even a month before his passing.

I felt very lucky that I was able to spend some quality time with my Daddy before he went to Heaven to be with our brother Dean. I hope you all enjoy some of the photos here as I did when I went through them. I loved my Daddy and felt like he could do anything;

and me in my insecure way wondered if he was ever proud of me, but deep down when I look at this photo I know he was.

I was truly blessed to have such a good man as my Daddy and can only hope when I grow old that my children think the same about me. I still remember his favorite song, “Chain of Love”. I try to remember the words of the song when I help other people out like my Daddy always did, “don’t let the chain of love end with you.” I love you all and hope that you hug your Daddy’s extra long today if they are near you or give him a call to tell him how much you love him.

Posted by: tgonzales | October 13, 2016

Happy 25th Birthday My Chacho Aaron

I love this picture of John and Joshua. Joshua was only a few weeks old here. I especially love Joshua's little finger resting on John's hand.

I love this picture of John and Joshua. Joshua was only a few weeks old here. I especially love Joshua’s little finger resting on John’s hand.

I always loved kissing his head and smelling his clean hair and Baby Magic lotion.

I always loved kissing his head and smelling his clean hair and Baby Magic lotion.

From the first time that Joshua started crawling and walking; I remember him being a dramatic little child. He loved to make people laugh and to make me smile.

From the first time that Joshua started crawling and walking; I remember him being a dramatic little child. He loved to make people laugh and to make me smile.

Hi Aunt Jackie played a very big role in raising Joshua. She was always there to lend a hand when I needed her to take care of him.

His Aunt Jackie played a very big role in raising Joshua. She was always there to lend a hand when I needed her to take care of him.

When Joshua was this age and on up to before middle school, John had a 2nd or 3rd shift job and he took care of Joshua during the day as much as he could while I worked. I just remember how John would take Joshua to the mall to walk around and he never wanted to carry a stroller with him. Instead he made Joshua walk as long as he could and then when Joshua got tired, John would carry him on his shoulders like this. When I see this picture it makes me smile and cry at the same time.

When Joshua was this age and on up to before middle school, John had a 2nd or 3rd shift job and he took care of Joshua during the day as much as he could while I worked. I just remember how John would take Joshua to the mall to walk around and he never wanted to carry a stroller with him. Instead he made Joshua walk as long as he could and then when Joshua got tired, John would carry him on his shoulders like this. When I see this picture it makes me smile and cry at the same time.

This picture makes me smile too. I never realized how our faces looked as we are looking at Joshua, until one of Joshua's friends saw this photo. She said, "look at how much you two adore him." When she said that I started crying, because it's the truth we adored him and still do. I told someone not too long ago, that me, Jennifer, and John would have done anything for him. Like when he was learning to do somersaults; we all three got down in the middle of the floor to show him how to do them. I wish we would have had a video of that. LOL

This picture makes me smile too. I never realized how our faces looked as John is looking at Joshua, until one of Joshua’s friends saw this photo. She said, “look at how much you two adore him.” When she said that I started crying, because it’s the truth we adored him and still do. I told someone not too long ago, that me, Jennifer, and John would have done anything for him. Like when he was learning to do somersaults; we all three got down in the middle of the floor to show him how to do them. I wish we would have had a video of that. LOL

Anyway, when I had Joshua I didn't know how I would make it through since I was older, but we managed....

Anyway, when I had Joshua I didn’t know how I would make it through since I was older, but we managed….

 

Joshua's Aunt Andrea and Aunt Ricci were very much an influence on Joshua as well. I'm not sure if they realize how much I appreciated their help with raising Joshua or not? But I did and still do.

Joshua’s Aunt Andrea and Aunt Ricci were very much an influence on Joshua as well. I’m not sure if they realize how much I appreciated their help with raising Joshua or not? But I did and still do.

I love that Aunt Jackie continues to be a huge fan and supporter of Joshua.

I love that Aunt Jackie continues to be a huge fan and supporter of Joshua.

My Jennifer was a very big part of helping me raise Joshua too. I love and appreciate all that she has done and continues to do for Joshua.

My Jennifer was a very big part of helping me raise Joshua too. I love and appreciate all that she has done and continues to do for Joshua.

John and Joshua are always ready to pose for the camera.

John and Joshua are always ready to pose for the camera.

and here we are entering Joshua's 25th year.

and here we are entering Joshua’s 25th year.

It kind of sounds like I've had challenges with raising Joshua; but that is not the case at all. Joshua was a very easy baby, child, and young adult for me to raise. He has always been self motivated, only to require a little encouragement from me and others along the way. I do believe that no matter how old Joshua gets he will always seem to make me laugh and cry at the same time. Love you my Chacho Aaron and hope you have a wonderful day and year. Your Momma!

It kind of sounds like I’ve had challenges with raising Joshua; but that is not the case at all. Joshua was a very easy baby, child, and young adult for me to raise. He has always been self motivated, only to require a little encouragement from me and others along the way. I do believe that no matter how old Joshua gets he will continue to make me laugh and cry at the same time. Love you my Chacho Aaron and hope you have a wonderful day and year. Your Momma! The End!

Posted by: tgonzales | October 11, 2016

Sweater Class on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:30-3:30

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Here’s one last chance to get into the Cap it Off Topper Sweater class on Saturday, October 15 and 29, 2016 from 1:30-3:30 in Newton at Creation Station. You can find the pattern here. It’s a free pattern and what I love about it is that it is written for sizes from Small to 5X. Of course Catherine has a couple of really good yarns that you can use to make your sweater. Please call her at (316) 772-0883 to get signed up.

Posted by: tgonzales | October 9, 2016

Kansas Barn Sale 2016 Shopper, Friendships, and Good Times

Susie and I headed out bright and early on Saturday October 1, 2016 to shop at the barn sale and to make memories. We were some of the first ones to line up and I was so thankful that Susie was lucky to get free tickets and to remember to bring her little wheelie thingy.

Susie and I headed out bright and early on Saturday October 1, 2016 to shop at the barn sale and to make memories. We were some of the first ones to line up and I was so thankful that Susie was lucky to get free tickets and to remember to bring her little wheelie thingy.

This was only one of the lines to one of the entrances into the barn sale and we had 30 more minutes to wait. I tell you what that line was a lot longer when it came time to go in. I don't if you can see her, but my friend Donna is the one right in the middle of the line jumping out as I took the picture. :) It had been a long time since we saw her and it was fun seeing her again.

This was only one of the lines to one of the entrances into the barn sale and we had 30 more minutes to wait. I tell you what that line was a lot longer when it came time to go in. I don’t know if you can see her, but my crazy friend Donna is the one right in the middle of the line jumping out as I took the picture.🙂 It had been a long time since we saw her and it was fun seeing her again.

As we filed in, this was just one of the many beautiful arrangements of fall flowers.

As we filed in, this was just one of the many beautiful arrangements of fall flowers.

I love the way the Kansas Barn Sale is, because it's a juried sale; which means that the items that you are selling are vintage or handmade. Nothing can be mass produced from another country. Anyway, this vendor is from Wichita and has their wares at the Farmers market. I always love to see what all they are re-purposing. The sewing machine was very cool. The name of the company is Tadpole Creek Creations and I just love their stuff.

I love the way the Kansas Barn Sale is, because it’s a juried sale; which means that the items that you are selling are vintage or handmade. Nothing can be mass produced from another country. Anyway, this vendor is from Wichita and has their wares at the Farmers market. I always love to see what all they are re-purposing. The sewing machine was very cool. The name of the company is Tadpole Creek Creations and I just love their stuff.

Here's one of the booths that really caught my eye. (well, I wonder if you can guess why?) LOL Of course it's crochet and I just loved the little crocheted Christmas trees hanging on a branch.

Here’s one of the booths that really caught my eye. (well, I wonder if you can guess why?) LOL Of course it’s crochet and I just loved the little crocheted Christmas trees hanging on a branch.

This is Jessica Hipps of JH Crafter Custom Creations and she is the one who made the little Christmas trees. She also had some fun scarves and very cute character hats.

This is Jessica Hipps of JH Crafter Custom Creations and she is the one who made the little Christmas trees. She also had some fun scarves and very cute character hats.

I certainly loved this little owl made from a shovel, saw blades, and horse shoes. I sure would have loved to have him and if I would have been on the way out, I probably would have gotten him.

I certainly loved this little owl made from a shovel, saw blades, and horse shoes. I sure would have loved to have him and if I would have been on the way out, I probably would have gotten him.

This painting of the two cows, somehow reminded me of my friend Stephanie. I'm not sure why? Hi Stephie, I hope you know that I don't think of you as a cow, but as I looked at these two cows I remembered the scrappy cow that you made last year at the retreat, and thought that these would be cute too as scrappy cows.

This painting of the two cows, somehow reminded me of my friend Stephanie. I’m not sure why? Hi Stephie, I hope you know that I don’t think of you as a cow, but as I looked at these two cows I remembered the scrappy cow that you made last year at the retreat, and thought that these would be cute too as scrappy cows.

Susie and I always have a great time when we can get together and this day was no different.

Susie and I always have a great time when we can get together and this day was no different.

Our plans were to meet up with Lisa on the left and Martha on the right. Lisa and Martha are from Iowa and traveled here to take in the barn sale and meet up with me and Susie. I gave them each a crochet jelly fish and they loved them.

Our plans were to meet up with Lisa on the left and Martha on the right. Lisa and Martha are from Iowa and traveled here to take in the barn sale and meet up with me and Susie. I gave them each a crochet jelly fish and they loved them.

Susie found a booth that had woolie flower hair pins and I thought it went perfect in her hair.

Susie found a booth that had woolie flower hair pins and I thought it went perfect in her hair.

As we ate a little snack we got to sit on the hay bales and listen to this wonderful Irish band. I loved listening and I especially loved watching the little girl playing the accordion. She never looked down at her hands and was so serious as she played. But when the music stopped and everyone clapped, she smiled. It was so cute.

As we ate a little snack we got to sit on the hay bales and listen to this wonderful Irish band. I loved listening and I especially loved watching the little girl playing the accordion. She never looked down at her hands and was so serious as she played. But when the music stopped and everyone clapped, she smiled. It was so cute.

Here we are waiting on Lisa and Martha to get done shopping and we were able to catch up with texts.

Here we are waiting on Lisa and Martha to get done shopping and we were able to catch up with texts.

I was so happy that we ran into Mara and her beautiful crocheted vest. Mara is such a wonderful crocheter and to think that she has only been doing it for such a short amount of time.

I was so happy that we ran into Mara and her beautiful crocheted vest. Mara is such a wonderful crocheter and to think that she has only been doing it for such a short amount of time.

Susie and I decided that we wanted to take Lisa and Martha to Newton to stop in the Etcetera shop and then onto Creation Station. Here's Lisa oohing and aahing over the cotton yarn called Catania and Patons Grace. Catherine, the owner of Creation Station has the biggest selection of this yarn in the state.

Susie and I decided that we wanted to take Lisa and Martha to Newton to stop in the Etcetera shop and then onto Creation Station. Here’s Lisa oohing and aahing over the cotton yarn called Catania and Patons Grace. Catherine, the owner of Creation Station has the biggest selection of this yarn in the state.

Lisa finally decided on just the right colors.

Lisa finally decided on just the right colors.

So did I.

So did I.

Thank you Catherine for your hospitality and for taking this picture of the four of us.

Thank you Catherine for your hospitality and for taking this picture of the four of us.

I couldn't resist taking a picture of the front of this car with the plastic bugs on the grill. Anyway, we at lunch at a little diner in Newton and spent another couple of hours just sitting and talking. I think the next time Lisa comes to Kansas we will have to have a little retreat thingy and just spend our time at a motel; eating, crocheting, and hanging out by the pool. :)

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the front of this car with the plastic bugs on the grill. Anyway, we at lunch at a little diner in Newton and spent another couple of hours just sitting and talking. I think the next time Lisa comes to Kansas we will have to have a little retreat thingy and just spend our time at a motel; eating, crocheting, and hanging out by the pool.🙂

I'm sure you were all wondering if I came home with anything from the barn sale; and yes I did. I found the coolest sign that's made from the top of a metal barrel, with Live, Love, Laugh, butterflies, and painted blue. (courtesy of Tadpole Creek Creations) I also found a wire basket, a turquoise basket, and a pillow case with crocheted rick rack on it.

I’m sure you were all wondering if I came home with anything from the barn sale; and yes I did. I found the coolest sign that’s made from the top of a metal barrel, with Live, Love, Laugh, butterflies, and painted blue. (courtesy of Tadpole Creek Creations) I also found a wire basket, a turquoise basket, and a pillow case with crocheted rick rack on it.

Here's a little closer picture of the crocheted rick rack. Well, I have to tell you the day couldn't have been any better, unless all of you were there to enjoy it with us. Anyway, we truly did what we set out to do; shopped, ate, talked, and made memories. I would love to hear how your weekend was.

Here’s a little closer picture of the crocheted rick rack. Well, I have to tell you the day couldn’t have been any better, unless all of you were there to enjoy it with us. Anyway, we truly did what we set out to do; shopped, ate, talked, and made memories. I would love to hear how your weekend was. Have a great week.

Posted by: tgonzales | October 1, 2016

A Little Girl and Retail Therapy

I love it when John gets just the right photo.

Hello!!!! I wanted to let you know that I’m still here just hanging around and avoiding writing anything. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about sitting down and writing something, but when I do I have felt like I don’t have anything to say that anyone would want to hear.  But I’m going to try to get back into this writing thing that makes me accountable and it gives me some peace of mind that I am actually doing something with my life. This time of the year usually is filled with me hurrying to get lots of things made for the Kansas Barn Sale near Hesston, Kansas. But this year I made a decision to not be a vendor at the sale and take the year off to do some things that I have wanted to do. The things that I have been working on in the crochet world; are charity things and a few things that family has wanted me to do (and I have wanted to do). Of course that’s another story for later. Anyway, today my dear friend Susie and me are going to attend the Kansas Barn Sale and it will be my first time standing in the long line of customers waiting to check out the sale from the outside-in.

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We also will be meeting up with a dear long distance friend, Lisa who traveled to Kansas from Iowa 2 years ago to meet me and to attend the barn sale. Lisa and her friend are going to meet us today at the sale. I can’t wait to feel the excitement of seeing the barn sale from a different perspective and enjoying some girl time and retail therapy. LOL I hope all of you have a great Saturday and weekend. Love you all.

 

 

 

I have stopped by to let everyone know that I am still alive and kicking. Ha! Ha! Actually I have been down with a sciatic nerve problem since April 23rd. I couldn’t even sit at the computer at home to post to my blog. UGH! It’s been bad this time around, but with a little rest, exercise, and some good drugs I am on the road to recovery.😉

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My dear friend Susie had a birthday last month and I made her this top. It is made from the pattern called Mooloolaba Shells Pattern designed by Jenny King. I loved how swingy the top is. Anyway, Susie asked if I could teach a group of her friends how to make this fun top and since I am feeling better, I decided to go ahead and schedule a class. When I brought the subject up to Catherine, owner of Creation Station in Newton she quickly pulled out her calendar and we set some dates. We have allowed for three sessions, only if needed.

Mooloolaba Shells Pattern

Creation Station in Newton, Kansas

605 N. Main

772-0883

Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 1:30-3:30

July 9, 2016 from 1:30-3:30

Cost for Two Sessions: $30

(cost does not include yarn or pattern)

(Third Session only if Needed) July 23, 2016 from 1:30-3:30 (additional $10)

There are three choices of yarn for the top:

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Cotton Fair-300 yards at $5/skein=3 skeins (so sorry about the quality of the photo)

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Sunseeker-250 yards at $7/skein=3-4 skeins (if you choose the Sunseeker yarn, you will need to call Catherine with your color choice before the class; as she will need to wind one of the skeins for you to begin with) I am currently making mine out of Sunseeker in turquoise and I love it.

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Bamboo Pop-300 yards at $8/skein=3 skeins

Please purchase pattern before arriving for class. You can find the pattern here.

I almost forgot, please bring Hook sizes F, G, H, and I, plus scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers, and row counter (optional).

Hurry, call Catherine and sign up for this cute, fun, and easy swingy top class.🙂

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